Motorists traveling for the year-end holidays saw the cheapest Christmas Day gasoline prices since 2008, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group, which reports that the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded was $2.32 in Georgia, breaking the previous low of $2.44 set in 2009.
If fireworks are slated to be a part of your New Year’s celebration, make sure that you use ones that are legal in the state of Georgia. This is the message of the Rome Fire Department. Fire safety educator Robert Owens prefers that area residents avoid fireworks altogether, but advises extreme caution (especially around children) if you use them to ring in the New Year.
Berry College lost to Transylvania 99-71 in men’s basketball at Lexington, Kentucky last night. With the loss, the Vikings fall to 4-6 on the season. They’ll conclude play in Transylvania’s Don Lane Classic Tournament today at 3 pm vs. Denison.
The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the unemployment rate for Metro Rome declined to 6.7 percent in November, down from 7.2 percent in October and from 7.6 percent in November 2013.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety has reported that some 14 people lost their lives on the state’s roads over the 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period, which began on Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24th) at 6 pm and ended last night at midnight. Twelve of those fatalities were investigated by the Georgia State Patrol, two were investigated by local agencies. One fatality was reported in Troop A, which covers Northwest Georgia; it was investigated by state troopers in Calhoun.
The Atlanta Falcons were annihilated by Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 34-3 in NFL action yesterday at the Georgia Dome, effectively ending the Falcons’ season and allowing the Panthers to clinch the NFC South title. The Panthers are now bound for the postseason; they’ll host Arizona in a wild-card playoff game next Saturday.
The 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period continues through this Sunday night, December 28th at midnight, as designated by the Georgia State Patrol. So far, there have been four fatalities on Georgia’s roads this holiday travel period, which began on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th, at 6 pm. None of those fatalities were reported in Troop A, the outfit which covers Northwest Georgia.
Many people will continue their celebration of Christmas into the weekend. While it’s all well and good to enjoy the festivities of this special time of year, licensed counselor Dr. Laurie Johnson urges revelers to spend a little time reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas during this holiday season. She asserts that the birth of Christ offers a light in the dark.